RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) – Radford University is embracing Scots-Irish heritage this year with entertainment, activities and food at the Highlanders Festival on Oct. 14.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. in Moffett quad and will be showcasing different artists, vendors, craftspeople, and community organizations from the region. There will also be an assortment of foods ranging from customary Scottish fare to classic American festival food. Entertainment will include bagpipe players, sheep herding and highland cattle on display.

The festival allows decedents to showcase their family’s heritage, as well as entertaining through music, entertainment and Celtic fun.

“There will be a lot of good music to dance to and have a great time, fantastic food, lots of vendors, lots Scottish families,” said Radford Mayor David Horton. “It’s a great family event.”

However, the highlight of the festival will be the Scottish Heavyweight Games. This event brings together some of the strongest people across the Commonwealth to compete in Scottish heritage events such as the stone put, heavy weights for distance, and the sheaf toss. This year, the festival will welcome professionals who competed in the World Championships.

“We will also have a full schedule of strongman events throughout the day,” says Chad Clark from the Highlanders Festival. “Everybody loves to watch ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ so we brought a taste of that with Scottish themes to the Highlanders Festival.”

The event is free, and all are welcomed to explore the different vendors and events that celebrate the Scottish culture.

For more information, visit www.radford.edu/content/festival/home.html.